Orthodontics Specialist

Roland Elazegui, DMD -  - General Dentist


Roland Elazegui, DMD

General Dentist located in Milpitas, CA

If you’re embarrassed because of your crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, an orthodontist at EDental can improve your smile whether you’re a child or an adult. Roland Elazegui, DMD, practicing in Milpitas, is a talented dentist offering the California communities of San Jose, Fremont, and the Bay Area orthodontic treatments like braces. To learn how Dr. Elazegui can give you a smile you’ve always wanted in a family-oriented environment, call EDental or schedule an appointment online today.

Orthodontics Q & A

by Roland Elazegui, DMD

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dentist specially trained to diagnose, treat, and prevent dental irregularities like crooked teeth and improperly aligned bites.

A fully qualified orthodontist must attend four years of dental school after receiving their bachelor’s degree and two more years in a post-doctoral orthodontic program. When their degrees are complete, they then undergo an extensive clinical residency program.

Common conditions that an orthodontist treats include:

  • Overcrowding of teeth
  • Overbites, underbites, and crooked teeth
  • Aesthetic issues of the face shape due to biting alignment problems

Orthodontists usually provide headgear, face masks, and braces to correct structural issues associated with your teeth or jaw.

How do braces straighten teeth?

Braces are a combination of wires and brackets bonded directly to your teeth to correct their alignment.

Orthodontic technology has improved in recent years, so today’s braces are clear or metallic and come in a variety of materials like ceramic, metal, and plastic. The wires gently guide your teeth are less noticeable than they used to be.

Braces treat several conditions including overcrowding, gapped teeth, and bite problems like overbites and underbites. Because they’re attached to your teeth, however, they can also manage severe orthodontic issues like:

  • Crossbites
  • Extremely crooked teeth
  • Serious flaws in the teeth and jaw

How long does it take for braces to straighten teeth?

On average, braces take between 12-30 months to correct alignment issues.

However, the duration of your treatment varies depending on the severity of your situation and the growth of your jaw. To ensure your treatment is completed as quickly as possible, follow Dr. Elazagui’s instructions as closely as possible.

Are braces bad for oral hygiene?

The brackets and wires you get with braces add challenges to good oral hygiene habits, but it’s imperative to be diligent throughout your orthodontic treatment. When you don’t remove plaque and bacteria on a regular basis, it leads to decay, tooth staining, and gum infections.

The EDental team offers information on various products that help you get to those difficult-to-reach areas under and around your brackets and bands to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Call EDental or schedule an appointment online to see how an orthodontist can help you achieve your teeth straightening goals.